Harvard Development Expert: Agricultural Innovation Offers Path to Overcome Hunger

The world can only meet its future food needs through innovation, including the use of agricultural biotechnology, Belfer Center development specialist Calestous Juma said in an address to graduates of McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Since their commercial debut in the mid-1990s, genetically designed crops have added about $100 billion to world crop output, avoided massive pesticide … Read more

A Growing Lifeline: Mobile Technologies in Agricultural Development

Ear of Corn Ripening in Field

Smallholder farmers in the developing world face considerable challenges that keep many of them locked in poverty.  These challenges stem from a lack of access to market information, technical knowledge, inputs, financing and accessible markets where they can sell their products. In a recent survey of 4,000 farmers in Tanzania, more than three-quarters said access … Read more

The $450 Billion Opportunity: Catalyzing Smallholder Agricultural Finance

The world’s 450 million smallholder farmers represent a large – and largely unmet – opportunity for agricultural financing. As population growth and rising incomes create unprecedented demand for food, multinational companies increasingly rely on smallholders to secure their supply of agricultural commodities. As a result, smallholders present a compelling opportunity for buyers, lenders, and other … Read more

Access to Improved Water Sources and Rural Productivity: Analytical Framework and Cross-country Evidence

Abstract:  In this study we address the issue of access to drinking water in rural areas related to agricultural productivity performance. Considering an agricultural household model as our basic conceptual framework, we analyze the theoretical aspects of increasing the access rate to drinking water on agricultural productivity.

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